DTrace reaches prime time on FreeBSD

Posted by daria42 on May 29, 2006 7:29 AM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay
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A project to bring one of the most advanced features of Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to the FreeBSD platform has started bearing fruit.

Sun's Dynamic Tracing (DTrace) tool provides advanced performance analysis and debugging features, primarily for server software. Work began porting the tool to FreeBSD after DTrace was released under an open source licence last year.

John Birrell, the FreeBSD developer currently spearheading the effort, admits DTrace on FreeBSD does not yet do everything it does on Solaris, and the work is nowhere near completion.

"However, I agree with Sun's Bryan Cantrill that the FreeBSD port is indisputably useful," he told ZDNet Australia via e-mail today.

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